KELSEY CASTING CALL: “Unnecessary Farce”


The Pennington Players have announced auditions for their very funny production of Unnecessary Farce, which is coming to The Kelsey Theatre in January 2017! Wanna audition? Good! Here is everything you need to know!

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This is a non-union, non-paid production.

About the Show

Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith is a hilarious farce in the vein of Lend Me A Tenor.  Taking place in a cheap motel during a bumbling police sting, this funny show is a high paced chaotic whirlwind that will leave the audience breathless with laughter.  It becomes especially chaotic when the bagpipe wielding hit man shows up with his increasingly unintelligible Scottish accent and no one knows where to go, what to do, or when to do it. 

Audition Dates

All auditions will take place inside the CM Building (right next to The Kelsey Theatre) on the West Windsor Campus of Mercer County Community College (1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550)

  • Monday, September 12th from 7pm-9:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 13th from 7pm-9:30pm
  • INVITED CALLBACKS: Thursday, September 15th from 7pm-9:30pm

Production Company & Creative Team

  • Presented by The Pennington Players
  • Judi Parrish – Producer
  • Vicki Kaiser – Stage Manager
  • Bryan Schendlinger – Technical Director
  • M. Kitty Getlik – Lighting Designer
  • Dottie Farina – Properties
  • Kelley Petritto Tharp – Costumes

Performance Dates & Location

  • All performances will take place inside The Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
  • Performance Dates:
    • Friday, January 20th at 8pm
    • Saturday, January 21st at 8pm
    • Sunday, January 22nd at 2pm
    • Friday, January 27th at 8pm
    • Saturday, January 28th at 8pm
    • Sunday, January 29th at 2pm

How To Sign-up

  • Appointments are required.
  • To sign-up for an audition slot, CLICK HERE.

Rehearsal Information

  • The first read thru will be scheduled during the week of September 19, at which time scripts will be handed out and all actors will be measured for costumes.   Rehearsals will begin in earnest after October 24 and will primarily be scheduled for at least two evenings per week and one weekend afternoon per week, based on actor availability.   It is very important that all those auditioning be as thorough and honest about all known and potential conflicts between October 29, 2016 and January 29, 2017, as the rehearsal schedule will be determined based on those conflicts.

What You Need for the Audition

  • All those auditioning are asked to prepare the monologue(s) provided for the character(s) for which you are auditioning.  Memorization is not required but is strongly recommended.   Other readings from the play may be provided at the time of your audition or call back, if needed.
  • CLICK HERE for audition forms and monologues.

Available Roles

All roles are open.

  • Eric Sheridan:  Male, 30s.  A bookish, even-keeled police officer who’s thrown into some difficult situations–while not wearing any pants.

  • Billie Dwyer:  Female, 20s/30s.  A police officer. Eric’s partner. Although she seems to lack every skill needed for police work, she is enthusiastic and eager to succeed.

  • Karen Brown:  Female, 30s.  An accountant who usually has a very professional demeanor, but seems unable to keep herself in control today.

  • Mayor Meekly:  Male, 40s to 60s.  A sweet, gentle fellow, who seems very Innocent (with a capital I)

  • Agent Frank:  Male, 20s to 50s.  Town Hall head of Security. Although he can seem confident and even gruff, in moments of crisis he is easily reduced to a very frightened man

  • Todd:  Male, 20s to 50s.  Speaks with a VERY pronounced Scottish accent. A professional hit man whose accent gets thicker the angrier he gets, until he’s completely indecipherable. You must audition with the Scottish accent!

  • Mary Meekly:  Female, 40s to 60s. The Mayor’s wife, small statured, she seems very sweet natured, and a good match for her husband the mayor.

How To Sign-up

  • Appointments are required.
  • To sign-up for an audition slot, CLICK HERE.



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